Gardening 101 Classes

Upcoming Classes

Next Gardening 101 Class

Santee
Saturdays in July

Cost: $75.00 RSVP

Includes all class materials.
Saturday: July 11, 18, 25
9am to 1pm

After you've registered, we'll notify you of acceptance into the class and send you location and other class details.


More classes in more neighborhoods
are being scheduled!

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Urban Farming & Gardening Classes every Saturday at
Wild Willow Farm

Wild Willow Farm
& Education Center

Every Saturday we have classes on food and urban farming topics at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, a sister program of VGSD.

Classes are open to everyone.

General Public: $30 (cash or check only)
Ten-class pass: $200 (cash or check only)

Meet in the barn at Wild Willow Farm
Location:
2550 Sunset Avenue 92154
(we recommend you use our map)

RSVP not required for most classes but to ensure your participation, please pre-enroll via PayPal using the button below the class description.

Please arrive at the farm at least 15 mintues before class to check in and pay class fees (check or cash only, no credit cards on site). Join us for farm lunch at noon! ($5 suggested donation).

Wild Willow Class Schedule

click here for updated schedule

Saturday, June 13, 1pm

Farming 102
Warm-Season Crops

Part 2 of 5

102.2 Asteraceae Family

History, Cultivation, and Preparation

with Paul Maschka

The Asteraceae are an economically important family. Some members provide products, including cooking oils, lettuce, sunflower seeds, artichokes, sweetening agents, coffee substitutes, and herbal teas. Several genera are popular with the horticultural community, including marigold, pot marigold (also known as calendula), cone flowers, various daisies, fleabane, chrysanthemums, dahlias, zinnias, and heleniums. Asteraceae are important in herbal medicine, including Grindelia, Echinacea, yarrow, and many others. A number of species have come to be considered invasive, including, most notably in North America, dandelion, which was originally introduced by European settlers who used the young leaves as a salad green.

PRE-ENROLLMENT
Farming 102.2 Asteraceae Family

Class and Date Name of enrollee


Saturday, June 20, 1pm

Farming 102
Warm-Season Crops

Part 3 of 5

102.3 Fabaceae Family

History, Cultivation, and Preparation

with Paul Maschka

Beans (dry & green), favas, peas, limas, black-eyed peas, garbanzos, scarlet beans, lentils, soy beans and peanuts. Plants in this family have been a staple human food for millennia and their use is closely related to human evolution. The family is best recognized and appreciated for its biological nitrogen fixation, making this necessary element for plant growth available in the soil for other plants.

PRE-ENROLLMENT
Farming 102.3 Fabaceae Family

Class and Date Name of enrollee


Saturday, June 27, 1pm

Farming 102
Warm-Season Crops

Part 4 of 5

102.4 Cucurbitaceae Family

History, Cultivation, and Preparation

with Paul Maschka

Squash Summer & Winter, Luffa, Melons, Pumpkins and African Horned Melon. The plants in this family are grown around the tropics and in temperate areas, where those with edible fruits were among the earliest cultivated plants both in the Old and New Worlds. The Cucurbitaceae family ranks among the highest of plant families for number and percentage of species used as human food.

PRE-ENROLLMENT
Farming 102.4 Cucurbitaceae Family

Class and Date Name of enrollee


Saturday, August 15, 1pm

Farming 102
Warm-Season Crops

Part 5 of 5

102.5 Solanaceae Family

History, Cultivation, and Preparation

with Paul Maschka

Also called the Nightshade Family, Solanaceae include some of the most widely eaten foods around the planet. This huge family includes potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillo, cape gooseberry, goji berry. This is peak season for all these crops, and we'll harvest and do something delicious and fun!

PRE-ENROLLMENT
Farming 102.5
Solanaceae Family

Class and Date Name of enrollee


 

Learn to Grow Food!

in VGSD's University of Gardening (U. Garden) Classes!

Want to learn how easy it is to grow fresh, tasty and healthy vegetables in your own yard?

VGSD's Vegetable Gardening 101 Classes are offered throughout the year as a series of three class sessions given at different locations throughout the San Diego Urban Region. All classes are hands on, meaning that you will be getting your hands in the dirt.

Class topics include:

Natural ways to eliminate your existing lawn
Soil Amendment
Bed Preparation and Soil Awareness
Plant Selection
Planting, Maintaining and Harvesting your Garden
Irrigation
Composting
How to Prepare and Eat your Harvest!

Class Information: Class is limited to 18 participants to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. These classes take place at private homes, schools, workplaces, and organization sites throughout the region.

If you want to be notified about upcoming courses and gardening events Subscribe to the VGSD Newsletter.

Host VGSD Gardening 101 Classes

If you'd like your home, church, business or organizational space to host a three-week VGSD Gardening 101 class series, please apply.

Here's what we need for your site to be considered:

If you wish to be considered, please fill out our application. You will be contacted and ask to send photos or supply further information.

Victory Gardens San Diego

Helping people start growing their own food through collaborative garden builds, hands-on garden education and community outreach.

VGSD is a program of San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project and works hand-in-hand with several San Diego food-movement groups to further our mission.

VGSD Values:

Since our inception in March of 2009, VGSD has helped many new gardeners develop almost 100 home, community, school and organizational gardens. These activities have involved hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer service hours to help San Diegans create a healthier, more local food system.

If you want to be notified about upcoming courses and gardening events
Subscribe to the VGSD Newsletter.

RSVP for VGSD Classes via PayPal

Registration closes one day before the class. Enroll early to ensure your participation. Maximum class size is 18.

After you've registered, we'll notify you of acceptance into the class and send you location and other class details.

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